The Great Peshtigo Fire

PeshtigoFireCemetery

The thirty-eighth ancestor in my 52-week challenge is my wife's maternal 3rd-great-grandfather, Adrien FRANCOIS. His birth is listed as 18 March 1832 in Mont-Saint-Guibert, Brabant, Belgium, which actually is not too far from where my Belgian ancestors originated. His parents are noted from his … [Read more...]

German Braatz

Braatz Family

The thirteenth ancestor in my 52 week challenge is my paternal 3rd-great-grandmother, Maria (KLEGIN) BRAATZ. The only documented evidence that I have seen of Maria's birth was from her death certificate which states that she was born 15 Februrary 1842 in Schoenwalde, Germany. Trouble is that … [Read more...]

Where Did George Washington Go?

The tenth ancestor in my 52 week challenge is my wife's great-great-grandfather, George Washington SHANNON. George was born on September 11th, 1859 in the small town of Stockton in Portage County, Wisconsin. His parents were Nathaniel SHANNON & Rosina Winslow ARNOLD. He was the eighth child … [Read more...]

The William Thompson

William Thompson

The ninth ancestor in my 52 week challenge is my 4th-great-grandfather, William Henry THOMPSON.  With a name like William Thompson, how hard can it be to pinpoint him? This has been my trouble with William. I have records of him starting in 1850 once his family settled in Wisconsin, but before … [Read more...]

One-Armed Mystery

Anna (Huizel) Collins - unknown year

The eight ancestor is my 52 week challenge is my wife's paternal great-grandmother, Anna (HUIZEL) COLLINS. I'm not completely sure of the pronunciation of that surname, but I've heard both Oot-zuhl and Ooh-zuhl. Anna was born around July 1881 in what is today, Netolice in the Prachatice … [Read more...]

Marching with Sherman

Burning of McPhersonville 1865

The fourth ancestor on the 52 Week Ancestor challenge was picked using my patented ancestor-o-matic. It's really just a random number generator and then using that number on my daughter's ahnentafel chart. This week is William J DAKINS. William is my wife's 3rd-great-grandfather on her maternal … [Read more...]

Centenarian Plus 0.03

Augusta (Luedtke) Last

The third ancestor I chose on my 52 Ancestors challenge is my maternal great-great-grandmother, August (LUEDTKE) LAST. She holds a unique position in my ancestry as the only ancestor that I know of to have lived to at least 100 years of age. Though, she passed away 11 days (0.03 years) after her … [Read more...]

52 Ancestors #2: Frederick Moran

Moran Family

I wasn't really sure who to pick next. I didn't want to pick an ancestor I always talk about, so I opened up RootsMagic and closed my eyes and clicked a random person from the pedigree tree. I picked Frederick MORAN. Frederick MORAN is my wife's paternal great-grandfather. He was born 21 … [Read more...]